goodbye plastic

In six months, plastic grocery bags in San Francisco supermarkets, which total about 181 million each year, will be banned…and replaced by canvas bags. This will free American landfills from 1,400 tons of annual plastic debris.

I remember a similar movement in Manila when I was in grade school, which promoted shopping with one’s own bayong. Very “cute” concept (i.e. trendy, novel, fleeting, “worth a try”), but really, how practical is it to haul groceries in bags made of porous abaca fiber? In fairness, those Winnie the Pooh banig bags all over divisoria are sturdy…they just don’t look as “cute”…

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